Eddy Lou is a tattooer, artist and small business owner living on Awabakal country (Newcastle, Australia.) Eddy has been tattooing for over a decade and through the years has rendered her distinctive style, specialising in Illustrative and Blackwork tattooing with a focus on intricate botanicals, animalia, mythological creatures, occult imagery and cross hatched portraits. Despite using modern tattoo machines, Eddy’s practice as a multidisciplinary artist is informed by 15th-17th century printmaking. Stylistically, Eddy is inspired by the likes of Gustave Doré, Norman Lindsay, Albrecht Dürer and Hendrick Goltzius.
In 2015, Eddy Lou founded FLT Tattoo Studio located in Hamilton, Newcastle. FLT is an appointment only studio and by eliminating street traffic, Eddy and her team are able to focus on creating quality, custom tattoos in a calm, welcoming and inclusive environment. Eddy has redefined tattoo shop culture in Newcastle and vocally holds space for women, People of Colour, People with disabilities and members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Beyond tattooing and maintaining FLT, Eddy actively contributes to the wider community with regular guest spots around Australia and internationally as well as facilitating the Not Just A Girl
tattoo charity flash day event. In 2019, NJAG raised $94,285. The proceeds were shared amongst charities offering services to victims of gendered violence, women and children experiencing homelessness, and assistance for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders girls. Eddy has continued work on NJAG hosting a feminist tattoo podcast.
Receiving a tattoo from Eddy is not a basic retail experience, rather an exchange between artist and tattoo collector. As a feminist, Eddy ultimately hopes that those who wear her work feel a sense of body autonomy and empowerment as a result of her meticulous approach to design, placement and application.
I would like to acknowledge the Awabakal people who are the traditional custodians of this land where we live, learn and work. I acknowledge that this land was stolen and sovereignty was never ceded, it always was and always will be Aboriginal land.
I pay my respects to the Elders past and present and extend that recognition to their descendants. Myself and the artists at FLT Tattoo Studio are committed to honouring the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas.